Tag Archives: Six Nations

The Joy of Six: Calcutta Cup clashes | Scott Murray | Sport

England’s Jonny Wilkinson touches down in the corner in 2007.

1) Scotland 1–0 England (1871) It’s “about three o’clock” on Saturday 5 March 1870, and at the Kennington Oval, south London, 22 “expert players” of the Association Football code set the ball in motion for a kickabout. But it’s no ordinary game: it’s the first-ever England versus Scotland international! Except …

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Premiership clubs to release Welsh, Scots and Italians if Six Nations restarts | Sport

A deserted Principality Stadium on Saturday 14 March, the day when Wales were due to play Scotland

Wales, Scotland and Italy will be able to select full-strength teams if their postponed Six Nations matches are rearranged later this year with the Premiership clubs set to relax their ban on releasing non-England players for Tests outside the official window. Wales’s match against Scotland at the Principality Stadium was …

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Beware sporting disaster capitalists not letting this crisis go to waste | Sport

West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady with players and staff.

You may have heard about the 13‑year‑old schoolboy from Leeds called Oliver Cooper who, it has been reported, was sent home after selling precious squirts of hand sanitiser for 50p each. Cooper’s scheme was rumbled when he recklessly tried to sell a squirt to one of his teachers, although not …

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Level of inconsistency over Joe Marler’s ban for an act without malice | Ugo Monye | Sport

The rugby authorities have an important decision to make because I look at the outcomes of this week’s various disciplinary hearings and it leads me to one key question: What is more important – the health and safety of the players or the game’s image? In the past few days …

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Premiership clubs block Maro Itoje’s Racing 92 loan to spark row with RFU | Sport

James Haskell, the England back row, previously represented his country while playing club rugby in Japan.

A controversial plan to allow England’s Maro Itoje to play in France next season while still being available for the national team has sparked a major row between England’s leading clubs and the Rugby Football Union. Itoje has been offered a seven-figure sum to join the top French side Racing …

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Sky’s the limit for Scotland’s Jamie Ritchie despite recent blow | Sport

Nothing much in sport, or life, can be guaranteed at times like this. In the case of the Scottish flanker Jamie Ritchie, even so, everyone predicts the same thing. “He looks to me like someone who will end up being Scottish captain,” says John Barclay, who led the team into …

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RFU apologises to referee Ben O’Keeffe for Eddie Jones’s Twickenham tirade | Sport

Eddie Jones has been reprimanded by the Rugby Football Union chief executive, Bill Sweeney, and warned over his future behaviour following his stinging criticism of the referee Ben O’Keeffe after England’s Six Nations victory over Wales last Saturday. Jones has not apologised for his comments but has escaped a charge …

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England’s Joe Marler banned for 10 weeks after grabbing Jones’ groin | Sport

Joe Marler has been banned for 10 weeks for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals during England’s victory over Wales last weekend, ensuring his season is in effect over. Manu Tuilagi has been given a four-week suspension for his red card but Courtney Lawes has been cleared. Marler was found guilty …

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Danny Care defends Joe Marler for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals | Sport

Danny Care has come to the defence of Joe Marler by suggesting he would not be facing a season-ending suspension on Thursday had Alun Wyn Jones ended up on the winning side last weekend – hinting that the Wales captain was being a sore loser by urging the authorities to …

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